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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks and takes questions during a news conference following talks with DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, Moscow, 1 October 2014

    
 
 

Ladies and gentlemen,

North Korea is our neighbour and long-time partner. We have reiterated our commitment to progressive development of our bilateral relations across all areas in the interests of our peoples and for strengthening peace and security in Northeast Asia.

In recent years, we have achieved good results in political dialogue and trade and economic relations. The ties between our parliaments, ministries and regions are growing stronger.

We have discussed the project, recently established under Russian Railways, for an intermodal transshipment complex in the port of Rajin. It has just started functioning and is a pilot part of the project to connect the Trans-Siberian Railway with the Trans-Korean Railway, which was discussed during trilateral talks involving North Korea, South Korea and Russia. We will continue to promote it. We hope to get our South Korean partners onboard. If a positive result is achieved, it will pave the way for implementing other trilateral projects, including the one involving the transmission of electrical power from Russia to South Korea via North Korea, and hydrocarbon exports from Russia to South Korea through North Korea.   Full story Full Story
 

 
 
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Interview given by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to the “Russia Today” TV channel and “Vesti nedeli” on “Rossiya” TV Channel, New York, 27 September 2014

    
 
 

Question: We are meeting right after your speech at the UN General Assembly. Perhaps, we heard criticism with regard to the United Nations for the first time in 10-15 years. Presidents of Brazil and Venezuela spoke about this. Many people protested near the UN building in the last months asking for the UN to be changed and reformed. Do you agree to this point of view? Do you think that the UN is an efficient body in today’s community?

Sergey Lavrov: The United Nations cannot be more effective than member states, because the UN is not an abstract concept, it is an interstate organisation, which includes governments and these governments determine its agenda today. The Secretariat is engaged in the fulfilment of orders of governments. There is no doubt that the UN was changing, it is changing and will be changing. Reforms are an ongoing process. Not because we need to make the people in charge of it busy, but because today everything changes in the world and new problems appear. Who would have thought that the Ebola virus would appear, and the most important thing now is to stop people from dying and to find a cure.   Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 
Interview by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with Channel Five programme Glavnoye, Moscow, 28 September 2014

    
 
 

Question: Mr Lavrov, thank you for having us here at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You have been the Russian Foreign Minister for 10 years now. Over these 10 years, has there been a more difficult year than 2014?

Sergey Lavrov: The year is not over yet, so it is hard to draw conclusions. One thing I can say for sure is that the remaining three months are not going to be any easier. In general, the previous years were not very simple, either, although compared to this year, those problems seem almost insignificant, and one might say that the previous years were almost cloudless, but in fact by no means were all of them so.

We had major problems with the United States when they unilaterally withdrew from the ABM Treaty. We had to argue that we saw the true reason for that move and that it was aimed at strengthening the US capacity to dominate in the military strategic sphere, and we had to explain why we could not afford to see strategic stability in the world shaken in this way. There was a rather complicated period when, without any apparent reason, we were told that our refusal to follow European, Western values in their new light neo-liberal version was unacceptable. You will remember how much drama went into this matter.   Full story Full Story
 

 
 
 
 01.10.2014 
 Negotiations between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the North Korean Foreign Minister, Ri Su Yong
 
 
 30.09.2014 
 On the 27th session of the UN Human Rights Council
 
 
 29.09.2014 
 Interview by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Bloomberg TV, September 27, 2014
 
 
 29.09.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the adoption of the resolution “Promotion of human rights through sports and Olympic ideals” by the United Nations Human Rights Council
 
 
 29.09.2014 
 Comment by the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the situation in the Republic of Yemen
 
 
 29.09.2014 
 Interview by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexander Lukashevich, to “Russia Today” information agency regarding the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Korea, Ri Su Yong, to Russia
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Joint Ministerial Statement on the CTBT, New York, 26 September, 2014
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Address by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, New York, 27 September 2014
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting of Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, with the Prime Minister of the Republic Fiji, Frank Bainimarama
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Madani
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Syrian President of the Council of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Walid Al-Muallem
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sudan, Ali Ahmed Karti
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between representatives of states-“friends” of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Statement by Deputy Director of the Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control of the MFA of Russia Mr. Alexey Yu. Karpov at the 7th Meeting of the States-“Friends” of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, New York, 26 September, 2014
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile, Heraldo Muñoz
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Talk between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Ivica Dačić
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Honduras, Mireya Agüero de Corrales
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Yi
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, Natalia Gherman
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Results of the working meeting between foreign ministers of CSTO member states on issues of the agenda of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 International meeting of high level on the situation in the Central African Republic
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Ministerial meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon
 
 
 27.09.2014 
 Meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry
 
 
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